TOP NEWS: Democracy: June 26, 2012
- Justices Allow Centerpiece of Arizona Law
- Issa: No Evidence Connecting WH To Fast & Furious
- Obama and Romney React to the Justices’ Decision
- Romney Denies Twitter Claims Of Illegal Collaboration
- John Roberts’s big moment
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Adam Liptak, NY Times- The Supreme Court rejected much of Arizona’s immigration law but permitted the state’s instruction to its police to check the immigration status of people they detain.
FAST AND FURIOUS: Rep. Darrell Issa Admits There Is No Evidence Connecting White House To Fast & Furious Scandal
Josh Feldman, MEDIAite- Congressman Darrell Issa is leading the investigation into the Fast & Furious ATF scandal and his committee recommended Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt charges, but he admitted to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday today that so far, there is no evidence connecting the scandal directly to the White House and Obama administration.
Trip Gabriel and Helene Cooper, NY Times- The Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s strict immigration law gave President Obama another shot at energizing Latino voters, while Mitt Romney defended states’ aggressive efforts to fight illegal immigration.
ELECTIONS 2012: Romney Campaign Denies Twitter Claims Of Illegal Collaboration
Andrew Kaczynski and Mckay Coppins, BuzzFeed- Officials from campaign and SuperPAC push back against widely-re-tweeted photo alleging coordination, apparently without evidence.
HEALTH CARE: John Roberts’s big moment
Josh Gerstein, POLITICO- [Will] he uphold the individual mandate and the law on a 6-3 vote, joining with Kennedy and the liberals for a ruling that crosses ideological and political boundaries? Or would he strike it down 5-4, placing this decision alongside major, closely divided votes on Bush v. Gore and Citizens United?
SUPREME COURT:Citizens United & Montana
NY Times, Editorial – “ In a single dismissive paragraph on Monday, the court’s conservative majority refused to allow Montana or any other state to impose limits on corporate election spending… The court’s five conservative justices struck down a Montana law that prohibited corporate spending in elections — a law passed in 1912 not out of some theoretical concern about money corrupting elections but to put an end to actual influence-buying by copper barons.”
IMMIGRATION: Supreme Court Upholds Key Part of Arizona Law
John H. Cushman, Jr., NY Times –The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously agreed to allow one key provision of Arizona’s tough immigration law to stand – its police may check the immigration status of people they detain.
HEALTH CARE: A viewer’s guide to the SCOTUS health care ruling
Jennifer Haberkorn, POLITICO- If you thought Monday’s immigration decision was confusing, wait until the Supreme Court weighs in on health care Thursday. Court-watchers expect a flurry of opinions, dissents and concurring judgments — a confusing outcome for a complex law.
Ezra Klein, Washington Post- As you read more of this in the coming days, keep in mind that studies show legal experts are very, very bad at predicting how the Supreme Court will rule. They’re usually not much better than a coin toss, and they’re particularly bad at cases dealing with “economic activity” — which is what the case against the individual mandate is all about.
POLITICAL PERCEPTIONS: Governor Factor in 2012
Gerald F. Seib, WSJ- The Romney campaign harbors hopes for a game-changing upset in at least one of four key, traditionally Democratic states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. [But] that can be a mixed blessing.
ENVIRONMENT: On green jobs and DOE loans, the jury is still out
Andrew Restuccia and Darius Dixon, POLITICO- The Energy Department’s clean-energy loan program hasn’t yet yielded the kind of moonshot-style success that President Barack Obama envisions would transform the U.S. economy. But its results also go well beyond the $535 million collapse of Solyndra.
HEALTH CARE/SUPREME COURT EDITORIAL: Redefining American government through Obamacare
Charles Lane, Washington Post- “If they decide this by 5-4,” [one professor] said, “then yes, it’s disheartening to me, because my life was a fraud. Here I was, in my silly little office, thinking law mattered, and it really didn’t. What mattered was politics, money, party and party loyalty.”
Paul Farhi, Washington Post- The 4th Estate study analyzed about 50,000 quotes from 35 print sources, such as The Washington Post, the New York Times and USA Today, and the transcripts of 11 network news programs over the past six months. Excluding statements from the candidates themselves, it found that men accounted for roughly two-thirds of those quoted in newspaper articles, and made about 75 percent of the statements on such shows as MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Fox News’s “Special Report” and “Face the Nation” on CBS.
Alexander Burns, POLITICO- The Obama campaign lashes Mitt Romney in new TV ads airing in Ohio, Virginia and Iowa.”Romney’s companies were pioneers at shipping U.S. jobs overseas,” the ads say, citing last week’s Washington Post report. “Does Virginia really want an outsourcer-in-chief in the White House?”
MJ Lee, POLITICO- “This is politics at its best,” she said. “It’s just unconscionable. What they said to Arizona is, ‘Drop dead, Arizona. Drop dead and go away. We’re going to ignore you.’”
Alexander Burns, POLITICO- Reporters sought to get more clarity from the campaign in a Q&A with traveling spokesman Rick Gorka, but to little avail.
Krissah Thompson, Washington Post- If she wins, not only would she help Republicans keep control of the House, but she would become the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress. Love, who is Mormon, also could go a long way toward helping presidential candidate Mitt Romney, putting a fresh face on his church and his party as both try to appeal to an increasingly diverse nation.
Alex Isenstadt, POLITICO- Two incumbents face peril on Tuesday, when voters in five states – New York, Colorado, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah – cast ballots in House primaries.